An American Family History

Reece Families

  also spelled Reecee and Rees  

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Morris Reece, Sr. and Sarah Butterfield

John Reece (1720),
Morris Reece, Jr. (1721, married Sarah Hackney),
Jacob Reece (1723),
Mary Reece (1726),
Margaret Reece (1728, married Archibald Jobe son of Thomas Jobe and Elizabeth Maxwell),
David Reece (1730),
Hannah Reece (1732),
Thomas Reece (1734), and
William Reece (1736, married Charity Dillon).

Morris, Sr. wrote his will in Frederick County, Virginia. It was proved in
1768. His left his wife, Sarah, a lifetime estate in her home along with 307 acres. After her death, the home and land went to to their youngest son, Thomas, except for 50 acres that went to their son, Jacob.

He left his daughters, Mary Hastings, Margaret Jobes, and Hannah Reece, 25£ each. The money was to be paid three years after he was buried. The remainder of his moveable estate, after Sarah's death, was to be equally divided among their children: John, Morris, Jacob, David, Thomas, Mary, Margaret and Hannah.

He appointed Sarah and his son, Thomas as executors.

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

Morris Reece, Jr. was born about 1721.

He married Sarah Hackney.

Morris Reece (1745),
Mary Reece (1751),
Margaret Reece (1753, married Thomas Ellis),
Rebecca Reece (1753),
Phebe Reece (1755),
Charity Reece (1756),
David Reece (1758),
Morris Reece (1760),
Mary Reece (1764),
Rebekah Reece (1766).

1752, 4, 18. Morris Jr. granted certificate to Hopewell monthly meeting in Virginia by Nottingham Monthly Meeting near the Pennsylvania and Maryland border.


Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Henry Reece was born about 1732 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Thomas Reece.

He married Ann Neill.

Gabriel Reece (1763),
Lydia Reece Lupton (1764, married Joshua Lupton),
Gideon Reece (1766),
Lewis Reece (1768), and
Margaret Reece Lupton (1771, married Nathan Lupton).

In 1760 Henry was one of the men who were appointed to visit "a scattered number of friends Living on Mill Crick, Middle Crick and Tuscarorah," who could not come to the Hopewell Meeting.

After Henry died, Ann married John Lupton.

Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.


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